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Scottish government crack down on ASB supported

Plans to give landlords more power to crack down on anti-social behaviour have won universal backing in a government consultation.

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More than 90 per cent of tenants’ groups and landlords support measures to allow landlords to take into account previous anti-social behaviour when allocating social housing.

Responses to a government consultation found 86 per cent of tenants’groups and 93 per cent of landlords also felt that eviction from social housing should bemade easier for serious cases of anti-social behaviour.

Figures from the Scottish Housing Regulator indicate housing associations recorded around 24,000 complaints about anti-social behaviour in 2009/10.

The proposed changes will affect the way 600,000 houses in the social rented sector are allocated and managed.

The response from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said greater flexibility in allocations would allow landlords to ‘make the best use of the limited housing stock available and potentially allow greater sensitivity to local community views’.

An expert group made up of tenants’ representatives, landlords and others has been established to help take forward all of the proposals in the consultation.

Scottish housing minister Keith Brown said: ‘Clearly, from these responses, good tenants who currently feel powerless to deal with bad neighbours want to draw a line in the sand by backing a new law that will help root out those that heap misery on communities across Scotland.’

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